Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog
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What Does It Mean for Math to Be Relevant to Adult Learners?
by Melissa Braaten When I am trying to prioritize my curriculum and to build buy-in from my students, I am always trying to think about how to make the math relevant to them. But what does relevance mean? Is it relevant for someone to learn math that they might use someday in a career they … Continue reading What Does It Mean for Math to Be Relevant to Adult Learners?
What’s Wrong with Right Answers
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew NOTE: This blog is a companion piece to an article Sarah wrote earlier this year called “What’s Right with Wrong Answers?” As much as students seem to hate word problems, there is no way around the fact that they are a necessary part of the curriculum. Setting up and solving word problems … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Right Answers
Adult Numeracy Center Mission
Creating engaging mathematics learning experiences has long been a focus of TERC’s work. Numeracy, the ability to manage the quantitative demands of a situation, to solve problems in real contexts, is at the heart of much that adults need to do. The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC helps adults and young adults understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how they can use this knowledge to improve their lives and communities.
The National Research Council’s definition of math proficiency guides our work with learners, teachers, directors, and professional development providers. Together with state and city partners we build capacity to offer high quality math instruction in adult learning centers, schools, community colleges, and informal settings. We work in concert with informal educators such as environmental organizers to design materials that foster science and math learning.
SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC is also home to the SABES Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy. SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support) promotes high quality adult basic education services in Massachusetts through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs.Visit our page on the main SABES site or find more detailed information about our staff and professional development offerings here.
Melissa Braaten will be presenting two sessions at the 2017 Commission of Adult Basic Education (COABE) Annual National Conference in Orlando this year. The sessions are:
- Monday, April 3: Mathematizing ESOL.
- Wednesday, April 5: Rethinking Fractions
We invite you to attend! Click here for more information on how to register for the COABE conference and/or the Adult Numeracy Network pre-conference.
EMPower Plus, which includes an updated and enhanced versions of three titles (Using Benchmarks, Split It Up, and Everyday Number Sense) in the original EMPower™ series, is now available for purchase. EMPower Plus titles were specifically designed to align with Career and College Readiness Standards for Adult Education.